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Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,441 to £56,534 a year includes HCAS
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Psychologist, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join Surrey Mindworks Children and Young Person's (CYPS) Community Team (North East) to cover the current post-holder's maternity leave. The successful applicant will assess the psychological needs of young people using our services, and plan, implement and evaluate specialist psychological interventions. They will work with diverse children, young people and families with complex and challenging mental health needs. They will mentor, supervise and teach both qualified and unqualified staff, including Trainee Clinical Psychologists from the University of Surrey. They will promote a psychological formulation based approach within the team and will contribute psychological perspectives and advice within team meetings. They will participate in the recruitment of psychological staff. They will lead on service development projects, for example outcome methods and/or group work. They will be supported to continue to develop their own professional skills in order to develop clinical expertise. The NE and SE Community Team works together to provide an established, friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team. Due to the range of skills of team members, practitioner psychologists are able to focus on specialist psychology work rather than generic or duty tasks. There are ample opportunities for high quality and specialist training to support the successful applicants career development.

Main duties of the job

To carry out specialist psychological assessments.

To plan, implement and evaluate psychological interventions.

To provide supervision, consultation and training to qualified and unqualified staff.

To contribute a psychological perspective to team meetings.

To work with Mindworks Surrey Partners, Education, Social Care and other agencies as required.

To lead on service development projects.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

Mindworks Surrey

The CYPS Community Teams are part of Mindworks Surrey. An alliance between Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and the Surrey Wellbeing Partnership. Mindworks Surrey use the Thrive framework to best meet the needs of children and young people and ensure they receive the right support at the right time.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

Suitable for someone who is interested in and passionate about providing high quality leadership and psychological support to children, young people and their families using our service, as well as their supporting professional networks.

Key Responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.
  • To carry out comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments and formulation, plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychology interventions and consultations to support children and people with specific and complex needs.
  • To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences..
  • To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of children and young people who use our services.
  • To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans for people with complex needs.
  • To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, children/ young people who use services and their carers and support staff.
  • To conduct and lead on clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group.
  • To develop and provide a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.
  • To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.
  • To lead on the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of qualified psychologists, and/or CBT therapists, and assistant psychologists as required.
  • To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.
  • To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments.
  • To act as practice assessor/supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements.
  • To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with children and young people who use our services and their carers.
  • Assist in appropriate staff recruitment and induction and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding psychology recruitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent
  • Additional qualification in another therapeutic model/ intervention
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Experience across a range of psychological models including systemic, behavioural and individual therapeutic
  • Demonstrable post registration/clinical experience and competency relevant to this care group.
  • Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work.
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists
  • Demonstrable interest/skill in a relevant specialist area.
  • Experience of working to support neurodiverse populations.
  • Experience of cognitive assessment, so as to ascertain the strengths and needs for children and young people where there is a query about possible learning disability/ learning need.
  • Experience of having supervised qualified staff (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapists).

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